Hannibal arrived at Comic-Con yesterday, and show creator Bryan Fuller dropped quite a lot of spoilery details on the shows returning characters, plus the plot and splitting of the season ideas for series 3.
Those who have kept up to date with the ferocious and stunning Hannibal will know that Season Two ended badly, but just who survived, and what storyline does Fuller intend to follow with Season 3?
Turns out the next season will be split into two, as Fuller explained:
“We are on track with the original plan with the one exception of condensing what was to have been Season 3 and Season 4 all into one season now,” he says. “So, the first half of the season will have its finale that reaches a climax and wraps up that story in a great way, and then we start a new story, and then that will have its own climax at the end of the season. Two separate stories that’ll have two finales and so you get two seasons for the price of one.”
Fuller explained that the FBI will not be as prominent in the new series: “The entire first half of the season is relatively FBI-light. It’s all about the pursuit of Hannibal,”
Fuller also talked about new characters who will be appearing in the new series, which will follow the Red Dragon storyline:
“There’s a run of episodes where we have quite a few cool characters coming from the literature,” said Fuller. “So, in the second episode, we introduce Commander Apache, who was played by Giancarlo Giannini in the Ridley Scott film, in episode 3, we introduce Lady Murasaki and in episode 4, we introduce Cordell,” Fuller notes. “There’s going to be a lot of fun Easter eggs for those who are big fans of the books, knowing that those characters are going to be leaping from the page onto their television screen,” he adds with the hope that the show’s fans enjoy the process as much as the result”
Fuller promised Season 3 would introduce new characters from the Hannibal canon including Francis Dolarhyde (in episode 8), Lady Murasaki (who will “kick all sorts of ass”) and Commander Pazzi.
While discussing returning characters, Fuller confirmed that Dr. Chilton would be back in Season 3, even though he took a bullet in the face in Season 2. “Chilton’s like a weeble wobble. You shoot him in the face, and he just comes right back,” said Raul Esparza (who played Chilton). “I told Bryan I expect him next season to have an eyepatch, a hump, and a parrot.”
Fuller also revealed that Eddie Izzard would be reappearing next season as Dr. Gideon — though unlike Chilton, he’s dead for real. “He got et,” said Fuller. Also returning is Kacey Rohl as Abigail. “It would be a lot of fun to do an episode in Season 3 that explains where she was and what she was doing,” said Fuller. “She will be a part of Season 3. We will see the actress again.”
At Comic-Con, bad news was broken to one fan that Barney was still owned by MGM, along with Clarice Starling. The showrunner reassured fans that he and his team would engage in a “full court press” for the Clarice rights. Should that fail, he pointed out, they could always do “Schmarice Schmarling.”
Moving on, Fuller also verified rumors that Season 3 picks up a year after Season 2 “because we want to be very vague with who survived that bloody, bloody night, and because we wanted to land the characters in a place where they were active.” He continued:
“It was very intentional that we wanted to take a space, land Hannibal and Bedelia, because the first episode is very much a pilot for a new series starring Gillian Anderson and Mads Mikkelsen. It was important for us to have a passage of time so we could come into their story at the most dramatic point, and episode 4 will detail what happened between the season 2 finale and the events of season 3. We’re telling the story emotionally as opposed to temporally”
While we have your attention for all things Hannibal, here’s an awesome gag reel release by EW.